Getting Your House Ready for Photographs

One of the biggest questions I am always asked when I meet with sellers is how can I get my home ready for photographs and showings? What do I need to do to make it shine? Well I have compiled a list of what I consider the Ultimate Guide for getting your house ready for photos.


Exterior Front and Back

  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Close all windows
  • Sweep walkways
  • Pick up leaves, sticks, branches
  • Mow and Edge Yard
  • Put toys, bicycles away
  • Store seasonal décor
  • Stow garden tools, supplies
  • Remove all hoses
  • Straighten and arrange deck furniture
  • Clean pool area
  • Put away trash receptacles

Interior: Main Areas

  • Remove personal items/photos
  • Remove all visible clutter
  • Open shades/blinds
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Tidy up or put away all children’s toys
  • Empty waste baskets
  • Hide pet dishes/toys/beds
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Sweep hard floors
  • Remove newspapers, mail
  • Display attractive books
  • Turn OFF televisions
  • Turn ON all lights
  • Turn OFF ceiling fans

Interior: Kitchen

  • Remove all items from refrigerator door
  • Store food in cabinets
  • De-clutter counters, stove
  • Hide soaps, cleaning items
  • Hide dish towels, sponges
  • Clear sink of dishes
  • Put away draining rack
  • Organize items on open shelves

Interior: Dining Room

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs
  • Add centerpiece, candles
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Add a vase of flowers
  • Add a bottle of wine, glasses

Interior: Bedrooms

  • Make the beds
  • Arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing, shoes
  • Clean under the bed
  • Clear surfaces of clutter

Interior: Bathrooms

  • Make the bathrooms sparkle
  • Hang fresh towels
  • Clear counters of toiletries
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean toilet and close lid
  • Remove all items from tub and shower

For Showings

  • Lights On
  • Spray Air Freshener
  • Turn On Music (If Possible) Light Jazz or Coffee House Type Music
  • Leave the House and Take Pets


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